“Each outfit worn in public is carefully calibrated to inspire or remind, to show gratitude or respect, to express a sense of power or familiarity,”
The Mail newspaper wrote about Elizabeth II.in 2015. During her 70-year reign, the monarch has taken maximum care of the details of her wardrobe. Always perfect in matters of protocol, she has found a style with which she feels comfortable. Dresses or skirts below the knee are hallmarks, like coats in bright colors that stand out from the crowd or everlasting accessories, ranging from hats that match the coat, gloves, and Launer’s handbag to low-heeled shoes.
The queen’s image has been documented from her birth to the present, especially this year as she celebrates her platinum jubilee at age 96. Her unmistakable sartorial stamp is due to a woman: Angela Kelly, who is responsible for managing her Majesty’s wardrobe and holds the position of personal assistant, adviser, and stylist to the Queen in jewelry, regalia, and wardrobe. Kelly is part of the inner circle of the mother of the Prince of Wales, she lives in a house in Windsor and accompanies the monarch on her trips. “I love the Queen,” she once told The Telegraph, adding that “it has allowed me to get closer to her over the years.”
The cosmetics she chooses are also part of her essence. We know that she is committed to cosmetic austerity, that she is faithful to the Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment hand cream and the Cyclax moisturizer, but according to what the British media have published, Elizabeth II’s dressing table is not lacking in L’Heure Bleue (the blue hour), from Guerlain, one of the oldest perfume houses in the world and a favorite among European royalty, which has had clients such as Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth of Spain and Tsar Alexander III.
The iconic perfume that has captivated the monarch was created in 1912 by Jacques Guerlain himself and is part of the Les Légendaires collection, made up of emblematic fragrances created more than a century ago by five generations of perfumers. The French expression l’heure bleue refers to the twilight period each morning and evening, where there is neither daylight nor complete darkness.
That moment when the sun fades over the horizon and the sky is dyed with the velvet of the night is what inspired the designer to conceive the perfume and that is why he decided to call it that. According to Guerlain, this sensual fragrance is a hymn to sweetness and romance and celebrates the moment when “the night has not yet found its star” with a bouquet of sweet and delicate flowers, wrapped in a powdery breath with oriental notes that are stretched for hours. It is an extremely sophisticated and delicate fragrance thanks to anise, bergamot, carnation, neroli, lily, vanilla, tonka bean, and benzoin.
The luxurious creation is presented in a mythical bottle with an inverted heart embellished with scrolls inspired by Art Nouveau designed by Raymond Guerlain. Its avant-garde stopper is in the shape of a hollowed-out heart is a technical feat.